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Hendrik van LoonThe Story of Mankind (June 14, 2009)

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LibriVox recording of The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van Loon.

Read by Michelle Crandall and Kara Shallenberg.

Relates the story of western civilization from earliest times through the beginning of the twentieth century, with special emphasis on the people and events that changed the course of history. Portrays in vivid prose the achievements of mankind in the areas of art and discovery, as well as the political forces leading to the modern nation-states. Richly illustrated with drawings by the author. Winner of the first Newbery Award in 1922, The Story of Mankind has introduced generations of children to the pageant of world history. (Summary from mainlesson.com)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: Hendrik van Loon
Date: 2009-06-14
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: librivox; literature; history; children; van Loon; world history; short stories; audiobook

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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00 Foreword 7.7 MB
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01 The Setting of the Stage 8.4 MB
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02 Our Earliest Ancestors 4.7 MB
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03 Prehistoric Man 4.9 MB
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04 Hieroglyphics 9.5 MB
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05 The Nile Valley 6.6 MB
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06 The Story of Egypt 4.1 MB
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07 Mesopotamia 2.3 MB
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08 The Sumerians 6.7 MB
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09 Moses 4.7 MB
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10 The Phoenicians 2.9 MB
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11 The Indo-Europeans 3.8 MB
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12 The Aegean Sea 6.0 MB
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13 The Greeks 3.5 MB
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14 The Greek Cities 5.6 MB
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15 Greek Self-Government 5.4 MB
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16 Greek Life 7.0 MB
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17 The Greek Theatre 5.7 MB
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18 The Persian Wars 8.1 MB
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19 Athens vs. Sparta 4.3 MB
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20 Alexander the Great 3.8 MB
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21 A Summary 5.0 MB
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22 Rome and Carthage 21.7 MB
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23 The Rise of Rome 5.0 MB
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24 The Roman Empire 17.7 MB
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25 Joshua of Nazareth 8.4 MB
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26 The Fall of Rome 9.6 MB
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27 Rise of the Church 12.5 MB
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28 Mohammed 10.4 MB
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29 Charlemagne 9.2 MB
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30 The Norsemen 4.1 MB
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31 Feudalism 6.4 MB
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32 Chivalry 4.6 MB
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33 Pope vs. Emperor 11.1 MB
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34 The Crusades 8.2 MB
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35 The Mediaeval City 17.8 MB
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36 Mediaeval Self-Government 8.7 MB
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37 The Mediaeval World 13.8 MB
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38 Mediaeval Trade 11.0 MB
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39 The Renaissance 25.1 MB
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40 The Age of Expression 8.3 MB
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41 The Great Discoveries 24.8 MB
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42 Buddha and Confucius 15.7 MB
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43 The Reformation 20.9 MB
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44 Religious Warfare 26.3 MB
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45 The English Revolution 30.4 MB
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46 The Balance of Power 8.5 MB
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47 The Rise of Russia 12.6 MB
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48 Russia vs Sweden 7.3 MB
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49 The Rise of Prussia 8.0 MB
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50 The Mercantile System 6.6 MB
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51 The American Revolution 12.4 MB
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52 The French Revolution 25.8 MB
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53 Napoleon 22.0 MB
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54 The Holy Alliance 19.9 MB
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55 The Great Reaction 15.1 MB
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56 National Independence 37.9 MB
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57 The Age of the Engine 17.9 MB
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58 The Social Revolution 9.2 MB
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59 Emancipation 14.5 MB
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60 The Age of Science 9.4 MB
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61 Art 26.5 MB
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62 Colonial Expansion and War 16.6 MB
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63 A New World 18.3 MB
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64 As It Shall Ever Be 1.4 MB
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Reviewer: forprogress - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 15, 2011
Subject: A Not to Be Missed Book--Or Left Behind, Even 'When Worlds Collide'
The two readers do a wonderful job of conveying van Loon's warm and humanistic history of mankind for children of all ages.

The book The Story of Mankind was featured as one of the few books thought worthy of being salvaged from an earth about to be destroyed by colliding planets in the George Pal sci-fi classic 'When Worlds Collide', for good reason.

Many of the lessons that van Loon conveys from the dawn of time to the Modern World (I know he vehemently disagrees with the latter term, since he considers man only a little removed from the cave, is used for reference purpose only).

I find his discussion of the circumstances surrounding The French Revolution and The Ship of State at the end, particularly edifying. I personally enjoyed his discussion of the Marquis de Condorcet who he brings up in both time periods. As well as his use of Irony and Pity at the end to be our assessors and judges for a humanist society.

This makes a good bed timing hearing for all those whose historical knowledge may be sketchy at spots (again for children of all ages), bravo to the two readers! Sorry, it took so long for someone to applaud their great selection choice and very pleasant and inviting, humanistic, family-friendly reading.